Healthy Pancake Recipe | Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Pancake Recipe | Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Vegetarian | Gluten-Free 

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Poppyseed and Polenta Pancakes

Polenta and poppyseed are two healthy ingredients you don't see often together and rarely in pancakes, but the combination makes for a lovely texture and nutrient-rich breakfast!

The key to this healthy breakfast recipe is to balance out the dryness of the polenta and poppyseeds with moisture from eggs and yogurt. Depending on what kind of polenta you use, you may need to change the ratios of this recipe. Pancake recipes should be very individual to your taste anyway!

Be sure to use Quick Polenta (this has been pre-cooked.) Otherwise, you'll end up with a dry mess that doesn't cook properly! (Yes, I found this out the hard way.)

Now this quick, healthy breakfast recipe is easy to make and perfect for a lazy weekend brunch or a busy weekday morning. The pancakes will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge if you wrap them up properly and avoid too much contact with outside moisture.

This healthy pancake recipe might just become one of your early morning go-tos for an easy, healthy meal!

Makes: 6 - 8 pancakes depending on size 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes  



  • Fiber (Polenta, Fruit)
    Protein (Eggs,Yogurt)
    Nutrient Dense Carbs (Polenta, Fruit)
    Healthy Fats (Yogurt)



Polenta usually comes from yellow corn and can be used in most recipes that would require corn flour. 

As an ingredient, Polenta is a great option for those that are gluten-free or allergic to gluten. It also has protein and fiber in each serving - both of which are critical for maintaining a balanced, healthy diet.

Polenta is also a good source of carbs, making it the ideal healthy breakfast idea if you are particularly active because it can give that carb fuel that helps you perform better!

The only thing to be aware of is to manage how much polenta you use as it can contain higher amounts of sodium. Mixing polenta with other ingredients, as in this healthy pancake recipe, will help to keep a smaller, more balanced portion. 


I've added the poppyseeds to this healthy pancake recipe not just because of the lovely crunch they give (which they do) but also because poppyseeds are rich in nutrients.

Poppyseeds contain antioxidants which are important as part of a balanced diet for good health and disease prevention. They also have a good amount of fiber which helps with digestion. 

Micronutrients like iron, zinc, potassium, copper, magnesium and calcium are also present in poppyseeds, making them an easy way to boost the power of your healthy recipes. 



You might love pancakes because of fond childhood foodie memories but pancakes will love your body back with all the nutrients they provide!

We've traditionally thought of pancakes as a treat or an unhealthy breakfast option but this is a missed opportunity!

Pancakes are the perfect easy healthy breakfast recipe and they can travel with you easily! Most importantly, pancakes have the power to bring together loads of nutrients from different healthy ingredients. 

The base of a pancake is simply eggs and a dried ingredient such as flour or, as in this recipe, polenta. Everything you add to that mixture can be as healthy or unhealthy as you like.

Add fruits, seeds, nuts and even ground nut flour or protein powder to multiply the nutritional benefits of your healthy pancakes. There are no rules when it comes to pancakes!

Watch how to make this healthy pancake recipe now! 

Healthy Pancake Recipe | Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Pancake Recipe WET Ingredients 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (Greek or Vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Handful of fruit (optional)

Healthy Pancake Recipe DRY Ingredients 
  • 1/4 cup (or less) QUICK polenta
  • 1 tbsp poppyseed 
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Dash salt

Extra Equipment 
  • Skillet
  • Something to sift/strain dry ingredients 

Healthy Recipe Steps

  1. Combine all wet ingredients in a big bowl and whisk well. 
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in separate bowl and mix well.
  3. Strain/sift dry ingredients into wet ones and mix until well combined.
  4. Pour batter in small circles onto skillet which has been heated over medium high heat with spoonful of coconut oil.
  5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. 
***Fit Foodie tip: For a less crunchy pancake, reduce polenta to 1/8 cup.

    Bom apetite!

    Healthy Pancake Recipe | Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas


    No. Polenta is not paleo because it comes corn. 

    However, a more balanced diet can include corn and cornmeal. As long as you don't have any digestive issues with grains, polenta is a great gluten-free source of protein and there is no reason to avoid it, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. 


    I'm a texture girl so if you give me a blank canvas (like a healthy pancake) then I will load it with different textures! If you're like me, then you might want to try adding in different berries, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, seeds and nuts to your pancakes. You can do this either directly in the batter or as extra toppings once your pancakes are ready!

    I also love to mix in cacao powder with a little bit of honey or maple syrup and drizzle it on top of my healthy pancakes for a chocolate syrup burst of flavor! Just be a bit sparing on your maple syrup or honey (you know it still has sugar, even if natural.)

    Finally, sometimes I'll add greek or coconut yogurt on top of my pancakes because the moisture and creaminess of it goes so well with the cakey texture of pancakes. This is also an easy way to get that whipped cream topping feel without the extra sugar. (Just be sure to use no-sugar added yogurt!)

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    Healthy Pancake Recipe | Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas
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    Healthy Pancake Recipe | Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas - this Polenta and Poppyseed Pancake recipe is quick and delicious!